Govt delegates powers to local bodies for giving environmental clearance

The Union Government has delegated powers to local bodies to ensure compliance of environmental conditions for buildings, construction and area development projects measuring between 20,000 and 50,000 square metres.  According to a notification of the Union Environment Ministry, local bodies have also been given the powers to ensure environmental conditions Read More …

TRAFFIC advisory to enforcement agencies to curb trafficking and sacrifice of owls

The wildlife trade monitoring network, TRAFFIC India has issued an advisory to wildlife enforcement agencies calling for increased efforts to help curb trafficking and sacrifice of owls during Diwali like festival seasons nights.  Owls are illegally trapped and sacrificed for tantric rituals and ceremonies during the festive season. The advisory Read More …

world’s largest ever bird—Vorombe titan

After decades of conflicting evidence scientists at international conservation charity ZSL’s (Zoological Society of London) Institute of Zoology, have finally put the ‘world’s largest bird’ debate to rest. According to the Royal Society Open Science — Vorombe titan (meaning ‘big bird’ in Malagasy and Greek), an extinct species of elephant bird, has taken the Read More …